UTV’s have come a long way. I remember test driving the very first Polaris RZR in Ocotillo Wells, CA and Yamaha Rhino in the deep woods of the South. No longer are these vehicles only reserved for recreational use. UTV’s or Side by Side’s, are racing among the elite in the desert, on trails and over rocks. I’ve said this to a great number of off-road friends and I’ll say it again, you cannot beat a UTV off-road, dollar for dollar, bang for buck. You’d be hard pressed to have as much fun for under $20K in the dirt on four wheels.
As they’ve come full circle, it means we are now getting ready to see who the best in the world is at driving these small, action-packed, racers. This is an event you won’t want to miss and knowing the guys at Mad Media, even if you do, they will be certain to have a pretty great video to follow.
UTVUnderground.com Presents The UTV World Championship February 19-21st Laughlin, NV
Best In The Desert to Sanction First Ever UTV World Championship – 2 Championship Races, 1 Weekend!
UTVUnderground.com has teamed up with Mad Media and the Best in The Desert (BITD) Off-Road Racing Association to create the first ever UTV World Championship. The format will bring together desert racing, MX style short-course racing, and enthusiast rides, into one massive multi-day event on the edge of the Colorado River in Laughlin, NV. The event will also be a showcase for UTV manufacturers and after market manufacturing companies.
“The idea being the UTV World Championship was to create a single event that hosts both a championship UTV desert race and a championship UTV short-course race on one single weekend. The goal is to attract and showcase the best professional UTV racers and race teams from around the world and give them a chance to go head to head in front of a live crowd. All of the partners involved have been planning this event for several years now, and we are thrilled to be holding an event that showcases the best UTV racers on the planet, in multiple disciplines!” commented UTVUnderground.com CEO/Founder Joey “Joey D.” DiGiovanni
The four-day event format will feature one full day of racing, contingency and tech in downtown Laughlin, demo and enthusiast rides, and a business-to-business UTV industry summit. Tech and contingency will feature a manufacturers midway so enthusiasts can check out the newest stock and customized UTV models as well as the industries top aftermarket accessories. Enthusiasts and racers will be able to pre-run the actual racecourse in stock UTVs during the family fun pre-run. Classes will include a BITD Pro UTV Desert Points / Championship Race (Pro, Unlimited, Sportsman), AND Championship Pro UTV 1000cc Short Course / MX, Pro UTV 850cc Short Course / MX, and a Quads & Bikes desert race (BITD points). The course will consist of a 14.5 mile run for desert racing, and a 5-mile track for short-course / MX, with a custom moto-style (fan friendly) infield. By design, this will be the one event that brings all UTV racers from BITD, SCORE, GNCC, WORCS and the Lucas Oil Off-Road Regionals together to compete for two separate championships!
“We are super exited to launch The UTV World Championship. The UTV market is rapidly growing, and UTV’s are the ultimate gateway vehicle for off-road racing. Teaming up with Casey Folks and the Best in the Desert Off-Road Racing Association was an obvious choice. We have had a very successful partnership with Casey building The Mint 400 into the biggest off-road race on the planet. Laughlin, Nevada is the prefect setting for this new venture. It offers modern hotels, great restaurants, and lots of entertainment,” commented Mad Media CEO Matt Martelli.